‘Simply the Best’ Rugby Legend Rory Best Raises £700,000

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Rory Best has completed his 180-mile walking challenge raising over £700,000.

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Rory set himself the challenge of walking from Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break centre Daisy Lodge in Newcastle Co. Down to the site of the charity’s second Daisy Lodge in Cong Co. Mayo in just nine days.

On his epic journey he passed through six counties, 30 towns and villages and was joined for short periods by families affected by cancer as well as some notable names from sport and entertainment including Tadhg Furlong, Rob Kearney, Robert Balacoune, Bundee Aki, Conor Murray, Conor McManus and well-known tv chef and personality Neven Maguire.

The money Rory’s challenge has raised will help us build a much needed second Daisy Lodge therapeutic centre in Co. Mayo for children with a cancer diagnosis and their families. Our services include restorative breaks at Daisy Lodge which is set at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.  Short breaks allow families to spend quality time together in a safe and nurturing environment, far removed from hospital wards and treatment regimes. However, for every family we can support across Ireland there are another six we cannot which is why we urgently need to build a second facility in Co. Mayo.

Speaking about his incredible achievement Rory said,

“In terms of endurance walking over 20 miles a day for nine days was tough, but it is nowhere near as tough as the challenges families living with childhood cancer face.  Along my journey I heard some heart-breaking and inspiring stories from children, parents, and health professionals.  Whilst the care children diagnosed with cancer receive in hospital is excellent, it is clear that they really benefit from the emotional and therapeutic support provided by Cancer Fund for Children.

“Cancer Fund for Children can currently only provide short breaks to 23% of children diagnosed with cancer across Ireland which is why a new Daisy Lodge in Mayo is vital.  When I arrived in Cong, I said that children with cancer need to get the best support once they leave hospital and that when they need respite breaks, they get to come to place like Daisy Lodge in Newcastle and Mayo where they get to be treated like the stars they are. This is only the beginning.  The walk to Cong may be over but the journey to a Daisy Lodge in Co. Mayo has just begun. Please continue to support Cancer Fund for Children so they can ensure that no child has to face cancer alone.”


Cancer Fund for Children’s CEO Phil Alexander added,

“This is an incredible effort by Rory Best and we cannot thank him, his wife Jodie, family, friends and our sponsors enough. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.  It is our hope that Rory has motivated and inspired others to do whatever they can to help us support families with a cancer diagnosis and ensure that no child ever has to face cancer alone.”

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